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Visual SourceSafe is a discontinued source control software offering, from Microsoft.Visual SourceSafe - An outdated productWe are still using Visual SourceSafe for a few software projects that weren't yet migrated to SVN or Git. At the time when these projects were started (many years ago), VSS was pretty much the best available option on the market for versioning of our source code. It allowed us to keep it stored on a server and not on the local development system and to allow more people to work on the same project.,The integration with Visual Studio is its best asset for developers using Visual Studio for software development. File versioning - creates file versions with notes. Ability to add tags to create a project version. Ease of administration.,The system stability could be improved. Often we get file corrupted errors. The User Interface is not modern and not user-friendly. Concurrent check-outs could be added, allowing more people to work on the same file at the same time. Add conflict resolution, files comparison, blame file, features that any modern source control program should have.,1,When we started using it, it allowed us to do source code versioning and store the code in a centralized location and not locally. We are using it for very few projects with few developers that still maintain those applications and do not have time to merge the source code to Git.,Git and BitbucketA Good Source ControlIn my organization, Visual Source Safe is mainly used to correctly manage the versioning of the various development files in Visual Studio. Since I use this product I can always have the correct versioning of the files, avoiding the loss of the code and analyzing the changes made by checking the previous versions.,avoid losing code versioning of previous projects saving versions on db,sometimes there are problems with check-in and checkout if done simultaneously the user interface is not really nice only source control,8,gains in avoiding loss of code gains in terms of hours spent on development gains in terms of time saved,Team Foundation Server
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Score 5.6 out of 101
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Cristian Bodnarasec profile photo
January 28, 2019

Review: "Visual SourceSafe - An outdated product"

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We are still using Visual SourceSafe for a few software projects that weren't yet migrated to SVN or Git. At the time when these projects were started (many years ago), VSS was pretty much the best available option on the market for versioning of our source code. It allowed us to keep it stored on a server and not on the local development system and to allow more people to work on the same project.
  • The integration with Visual Studio is its best asset for developers using Visual Studio for software development.
  • File versioning - creates file versions with notes.
  • Ability to add tags to create a project version.
  • Ease of administration.
  • The system stability could be improved. Often we get file corrupted errors.
  • The User Interface is not modern and not user-friendly.
  • Concurrent check-outs could be added, allowing more people to work on the same file at the same time.
  • Add conflict resolution, files comparison, blame file, features that any modern source control program should have.
I am not recommending Visual SourceSafe since this is a very old product and discontinued by Microsoft. Basic functionalities that a source control program should have are missing from VSS: collaborative work on the same files, branching, file merging, blame file etc.

There are other tools out there that are much better for these and also free.
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Luca Campanelli profile photo
February 08, 2018

Visual SourceSafe Review: "A Good Source Control"

Score 8 out of 10
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In my organization, Visual Source Safe is mainly used to correctly manage the versioning of the various development files in Visual Studio. Since I use this product I can always have the correct versioning of the files, avoiding the loss of the code and analyzing the changes made by checking the previous versions.
  • avoid losing code
  • versioning of previous projects
  • saving versions on db
  • sometimes there are problems with check-in and checkout if done simultaneously
  • the user interface is not really nice
  • only source control
Specific scenarios where this product works well are when: managing a large number of projects and you develop purely through visual studio, amount of the budget to evaluate similar but much more expensive products is not high, your company has developers that need a source code control and if you develop daily with a high frequency.
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Visual SourceSafe is a discontinued source control software offering, from Microsoft.

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